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What is a monotype?

A monotype is a unique piece of artwork. The process of making a monotype requires pigments, a glass, plexiglass or wooden plate on which to apply them, paper and some form of press. The image is created through application of ink that is rolled, brushed, daubed or otherwise applied on the plate. This image is then “pulled” with paper by using a press. Although there may be a second impression, it is quite different from the first because most of the ink is lifted from the plate with the first print. The second impression, called a ghost or cognate, is much lighter or thinner and is more of a suggestion of the first.